News and Updates
Time to Celebrate!
Friday, 01 November 2013 13:50
We work hard at Solar Richmond, which makes it all the more important to make time to celebrate life and one another. Wishing a very happy birthday to Solar Richmond staff member and Pamoja candidate worker-owner, Lela Turner!
Hot Off the Press: Autumn 2013 Newsletter
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Students Learn About Personal and Community Empowerment
Donor Spotlight: Kathe Kiehn
Trainees Passionate about Energy of the Future
SR featured on KALW radio in San Francisco
SR featured on KALW radio in San Francisco
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:50
Solar Richmond's Brighter Future's Program Manager, Akeele Carter and Pamoja Energy Solutions Worker Owner Candidate, Lela Turner, were featured in San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM's segment on "Green Pathways to Youth Employment." The 10 minute segment includes clips from California Youth Energy Services, Rising Sun Energy, Van Jones, and Barack Obama. (Solar Richmond portion at 5 mins and 17 secs) Tune in here.
Accepting Applications for Fall Solar PV Training
Saturday, 17 August 2013 14:06
Solar Richmond will be holding a training course on Solar PV Installation this October. Members of the class will learn advanced skills in solar panel installation that Bay Area solar companies expect, while working with Solar Richmond's staffing agency to secure job opportunities in the solar industry. Top graduates of the program will have the opportunity to join Pamoja Energy Solutions, Solar Richmond's cooperative solar company.
Pamoja's First Solar Installation Complete
Friday, 02 August 2013 14:22
Pamoja Energy Solutions, the cooperative solar company started by Solar Richmond, completed its first solar installation earlier this month and its second earlier this week. Congratulations team Pamoja!
(Above: Pamoja worker-owner candidate, Troy Garner)
Now Recruiting for Brighter Futures Fall Internship
Friday, 26 July 2013 15:36
Brighter Futures Internship Program
Brighter Futures is a free, innovative training, education and internship program designed to help you get the skills to further your education and begin a job and career path. Brighter Futures is a collaboration between Solar Richmond and Berkeley City College. Click here for more details.
UPCOMING Information Sessions:
Dates:Tuesday, July 23rd, Friday, July 26th & Tuesday, July 30th
Time:1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Location: Solar Richmond, 2730 Maine Ave, 94804 (downstairs)
Leadership Transition at SR
Friday, 26 July 2013 13:23
After seven years of dedicated community service, Solar Richmond Founder, Michele McGeoy, has announced her departure from Solar Richmond. Michele has decided to focus her efforts on a new venture and looks forward to supporting the transition during this leadership change.
“We thank Michele wholeheartedly for the impact she has made in the community. She built Solar Richmond from the ground up, and it is the board’s focus to continue the mission of serving the community not only as a solar advocate, but also as a conduit to training, education, and career opportunities” Board Chair, Adam Larner said.
The Solar Richmond Board of Directors has appointed former Board Chair and life-long Richmond resident, Cheryl Vaughn and current Deputy Director, Kandea Mosley to serve as Co–Directors during this transition period. Vaughn has served on the Solar Richmond board for three years and brings more than 20 years of operational expertise to the organization. She is a graduate of Holy Names University and received nonprofit management training from Cal State East Bay. Mosley has been a key member of Solar Richmond’s management team for four years. She has been instrumental to the organization’s development and has managed programs including solar training, staffing agency placement, solar advocacy, and marketing. She received her MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Sustainable Business Development.
The Board is developing a transition plan and forming a search committee to select a replacement. Michele McGeoy will work with the Board and staff over the coming two months to ensure a smooth leadership transition and continuity of key projects.
“I am honored to have served the Richmond community and to have been a part of the green jobs movement.” Says McGeoy “I strongly believe in Solar Richmond’s mission and look forward to its next phase of growth and development; now is a good time to focus my attention on a new endeavor and allow the organization to continue to grow.”
The Solar Richmond Board appreciates Michele for her vision, hard work and dedication to help create transformative change in Richmond by breaking down barriers of race and class in the green economy.
Solar Richmond Graduate, Lela Turner, Keynote Speaker at Richmond Clean Festival
Friday, 28 June 2013 15:36
SR Graduate and Pamoja Worker Owner Candidate, Lela Turner, will speak at the Richmond Clean Festival on June 29th @ 1:55 PM.
Michele McGeoy Discusses SR's Path to Transformative Change on 960 KNEW AM Radio
Friday, 10 May 2013 13:28
In Episode 94 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on March 30, 2013 on 960 KNEW AM radio), Bill Acevedo, chair of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, interviews SR director Michele McGeoy on Solar Richmond's path to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable community.
Solar Richmond's Current Work Featured in Video at Local Event
Monday, 29 April 2013 16:00
Solar Richmond (SR) was featured in this short video at a local event Chevron held today to recognize the six recipients of a 2011 Chevron grant award. The grant allowed for 25 participants to complete SR's commercial solar training program, for 16 graduates to receive jobs through SR's staffing services. Four individuals from the program were also recruited for SR's worker-owned cooperative solar company, Pamoja Energy Solutions, and we hope to bring 3-4 more individuals on before the end of the year. The following video highlights the very recent murder of graduate Dimarea Young, which reminds us all of the dire importance of this work for transformative change.
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